Asthma Topic Guide

Asthma Asthma: Asthma is a disease that affects the breathing passages of the lungs (bronchioles). Asthma may be caused by genes and environmental factors. Asthma causes
  • wheezing,
  • shortness of breath, and
  • other symptoms.
Treatment includes avoidance of triggers and medications to control and prevent symptoms.

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Asthma Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

indacaterol (inhalation) Indacaterol (inhalation)

Indacaterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing...learn more »

omalizumab Omalizumab

Omalizumab is an antibody that helps decrease allergic responses in the body...learn more »

budesonide and formoterol inhalation Budesonide And Formoterol Inhalation

Budesonide is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the body...learn more »

fluticasone and salmeterol (inhalation) Fluticasone And Salmeterol (inhalation)

Fluticasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Salmeterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing mus...learn more »

formoterol Formoterol

Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways to improve breathing...learn more »

cromolyn sodium (nasal) Cromolyn Sodium (nasal)

Cromolyn sodium is an anti-inflammatory medication. It works by preventing the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

montelukast Montelukast

Montelukast is a leukotriene (loo-koe-TRY-een) inhibitor. Leukotrienes are chemicals your body releases when you breathe in an allergen (such as pollen). The...learn more »

fluticasone nasal Fluticasone Nasal

Fluticasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

budesonide inhalation Budesonide Inhalation

Budesonide is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

beclomethasone nasal Beclomethasone Nasal

Beclomethasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

ipratropium (nasal) Ipratropium (nasal)

Ipratropium nasal is used to treat runny nose caused by seasonal allergies (hay fever). This medication will not treat stuffy nose, sneezing, or cough...learn more »

zileuton Zileuton

Zileuton is a leukotriene (loo-koe-TRY-een) inhibitor. Leukotrienes are chemicals your body releases when you breathe in an allergen (such as pollen). These ...learn more »

zafirlukast Zafirlukast

Zafirlukast is a leukotriene (loo-koe-TRY-een) inhibitor. Leukotrienes are chemicals your body releases when you breathe in an allergen (such as pollen). The...learn more »

salmeterol (inhalation) Salmeterol (inhalation)

Salmeterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing...learn more »

fluticasone inhalation Fluticasone Inhalation

Fluticasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

beclomethasone inhalation Beclomethasone Inhalation

Beclomethasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

aminophylline Aminophylline

Aminophylline is a bronchodilator. Aminophylline works in several ways: it relaxes muscles in your lungs and chest to allow more air in, decreases the sensit...learn more »

terbutaline inhalation Terbutaline Inhalation

Terbutaline is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing...learn more »

albuterol Albuterol

Albuterol is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs...learn more »

epinephrine injection Epinephrine Injection

Epinephrine is a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs. These effects can reverse severe low blood pressure, wheezing, severe sk...learn more »

triamcinolone (injection) Triamcinolone (injection)

Triamcinolone injection is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

triamcinolone inhalation Triamcinolone Inhalation

Triamcinolone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

ipratropium inhalation Ipratropium Inhalation

Ipratropium is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs...learn more »

cromolyn sodium (inhalation) Cromolyn Sodium (inhalation)

Cromolyn sodium is an anti-inflammatory medication. It works by preventing the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

theophylline Theophylline

Theophylline is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the lungs and chest, making the lungs less sensitive to allergens and other causes of bronc...learn more »

cromolyn sodium (nasal) Cromolyn Sodium (nasal)

Cromolyn sodium is an anti-inflammatory medication. It works by preventing the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

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